Police Reports: April 1 - April 9, 2013

Published on Wed, Apr 10, 2013
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April 1, 1 a.m.: Blaine officers responded to assist sheriff deputies searching for an assault suspect who was last seen headed towards Blaine in a rental moving truck. The officers found the truck and one occupant hiding in amid other trucks unloading at an industrial complex in Blaine and detained them for deputies. The officers and managers at the business searched the property for the second suspect. He was found by a sheriff’s deputy, slowly freezing atop a parked semi trailer. The company provided a ladder and the suspect was helped off the truck into the warm back seat of a deputy’s car. A personal use quantity of heroin and meth was impounded from the arrestee’s hiding spot.

April 1, 9:42 a.m.: Blaine Police responded to Customs and Border Protection at the Peace Arch Crossing when Customs officers found that a traveler was hiding a personal use amount of cocaine. The officer investigated and arrested the Burnaby, B.C. resident for possession of a controlled substance and booked him into jail.

April 1, 4:19 p.m.: A neighborhood resident reported having a disagreement with the occupants of the vehicles parked on his property. Officers arrived and found many vehicles parked densely but legally on city right of way, and advised the caller of their finding. Police also contacted the home base of the fleet of parked cars, and found that a funeral reception was taking place at the house. No further police action was taken.

April 1, 6:30 p.m.: Police were called when two foul phone messages were discovered on the municipal court’s messaging system. A man used creatively foul and abusive language during this recorded diatribe but forgot to leave a callback number. The disorderly conduct was documented in the event that the caller is identified.

April 1, 7:29 p.m.: A resident answered a knock on her front door to find a teenager standing on her porch complaining of having been punched in the face. The homeowner was asking the boy if he wanted the police called when another teen in red gang style clothing approached and talked to the first teen, and the two walked off together. It wasn’t clear whether the two were conspiring in a ruse to get into the house, or being obnoxious, but they succeeded in the obnoxious part. Officers searched the area but found no one matching the suspects’ descriptions.

April 2, 10:21 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a report of a theft of gas and a container from a resident’s property on Madison Avenue. A theft event report was made and police contacted possible suspects in the taking.

April 2, 2:30 p.m.: A customer called police to report seeing a man and woman aggressively panhandling at a gas station in Blaine. Officers arrived and contacted the cashier and learned the pair had spent some time at the store talking to customers but then left on foot after asking about how to board a northbound train. Officers searched the area but did not find the hobnobbing hobos.

April 2, 6:35 p.m.: A sharp-eyed witness called police when he spotted people stealing a compressor motor from a neighboring business on Grant Avenue. Officers investigated and found one adult and one teenager unloading the 300-lb. piece of equipment from their borrowed pickup truck at a site down the road. They also found a female suspect hiding nearby, and it turned out she was protected from her partner in crime by a no contact order. Arrests were made, the recovered equipment was returned to its owner, and one Bellingham resident was booked into jail for theft and violation of a domestic violence no contact order.

April 2, 6:35 p.m.: Police investigating another incident found witnesses and security camera video that documented a woman driving a vehicle while her Washington state driver’s status was suspended. The 40-year-old Birch Bay resident was arrested, cited and released pending a mandatory court appearance.

April 2, 9 p.m.: Police responded to a report of several dogs habitually barking in a residential neighborhood on 8th Street. An officer located the problem canines, identified their residence and contacted their owner. He acknowledged the officers’ admonition that future barking complaints would result in citations being issued.

April 3, 2:28 a.m.: Police were dispatched when a lady called to demand that her boyfriend leave their motel room for the night. Officers arrived and learned that the woman had become incensed upon finding her loved one using his cell phone to visit a dating site. The boyfriend’s base instincts apparently included the desire for self-preservation, as he had fled of his own prior to police arrival.

April 3, 8:42 a.m.: A concerned passerby called police to report that while she was out for a walk she noticed a window open on a long-vacant house in a residential neighborhood. Officers investigated to find if the house had suffered a break-in. They were happy to report back to the caller that the house had been recently purchased and folks working on the sale had opened the window.

April 3, 2:55 p.m.: Officers responded to a report of a fight in progress outside a house in a residential area, and found an assault victim who declined to assist police in their investigation. They learned that the man had been standing in his yard when a young adult looking like a troublemaker walked by, called the victim names and then punched him in the jaw. The homeowner fought the scoundrel off, who then ran off trailed by several other young men of similar ilk. Officers searched the area for the suspects without success.

April 3, 6:50 p.m.: While checking the security of the city water tank in Lincoln Park an officer found several areas where the perimeter fence’s security had been compromised by people repeatedly climbing over its top. The damage was documented and photos forwarded to public works for repairs. It did not appear that the damage was recent. The damage is estimated at $200.

April 3, 6 p.m.: A gentleman called to let officers know that a child at Salishan Park had thrown a rock at a telephone pole, missed and accidentally cracked the windshield of his car. The caller wanted police to know that the incident had happened, but the damage issue was already resolved. The victim and the child’s parent had gotten together and had arranged for payment for the repairs.

April 4, 2:28 p.m.: A man attempted travel to Canada on foot. Canadian immigration denied the man’s request to cross the border. The man made his way back to the Blaine Police department. The man was suffering from emotional distress and asked for a ride to Saint Joseph’s Medical Center to speak with a mental health professional. An officer transported the man to hospital for evaluation.

April 4, 7:10 p.m.: Passing motorists called police to report a stalled motor home blocking the eastbound lane of H Street east of the truck route. An officer arrived to find a man standing atop the large RV, inspecting its roof. It turned out the motor home’s owner had brought it down from Canada to show to a prospective buyer, and the pair somehow decided the middle of a busy street at dusk made for a perfect place to close the deal. The driver decided it was easier to move the rig than explain his decision-making skills to a judge in traffic court.

April 5, 9:15 a.m.: Police investigating a misdemeanor assault case found that the victim was suffering harassment by people familiar with the suspect. A suspect at the root of the harassment was identified and warned to cease the activity. Officers advised the prosecutor’s office and opened a separate investigation in to the harassment, which may be part of a common scheme of criminal witness intimidation. The case is under investigation.

April 6, 12:48 p.m.: A resident called police when she observed a man yelling at and kicking a dog in his care. Officers responded, interviewed witnesses and examined the dog. A report was completed and forwarded to animal control officers for follow-up.

April 6, 1:55 p.m.: A resident called to ask police to check on the welfare of a friend who also lives in Blaine and had sounded very despondent in a recent phone conversation. When officers arrived at the person’s apartment they discovered that the reporting party, relatives and family friends had gotten there first and were plying their friend with conversation and food. No other assistance was needed and the officers departed.

April 7, 11:47 a.m.: A concerned motorist called to report a manhole cover that had been pulled up and set along Odell Road. An officer arrived and found that the problem was a small water main cover that had been pushed up out of the roadway by the pressure from recent rainwater runoff. He replaced the cover. Public works was advised for their follow-up.

April 7, 6:56 p.m.: A good Samaritan found a cell phone abandoned at the skate park and brought it over to the police station. An officer took custody of the phone, located one of the lucky owner’s parents and drove the phone over to their home.

April 8, 9:10 p.m.: A resident heard a loud bang outside her home and found the remnants of an apple stuck to her front door. The victim did not know who had thrown the apple, as the vandals had slithered from the scene. The area was checked without success.

April 8, 9:11 p.m.: An anonymous caller reported hearing screams at an apartment complex and then saw a adult take a child into an apartment. Officers arrived to investigate and determined a scene of suburban bliss had disturbed the caller. A toddler had run outside screaming gleefully to his mom as she chatted with neighbors in the common area, and she had carted her kid back into the house for a bath.

April 8, 11:30 p.m.: A resident contacted police to report that a detached garage on his property had been entered some time in the past 24 hours. The building is kept locked and is used by a property manager for storing material. The resident had noticed that the padlock hasp had been pulled off the wood to which it was screwed, allowing entrance to the building. The property manager is being contacted and will advise police if anything has been taken.

April 9, 10:17 a.m.: Police responded to a theft from a residential yard. Officers photographed the footprints and other evidence at the scene where four tires had been chained to the owner’s fence for safekeeping. A suspect attempted multiple times to cut the cable and finally succeeded, but then stole only one of the brand new tires.

April 9, 10:44 a.m.: A homeowner on F Street reported that someone had forced open the doors to her unattached garage. It does not appear anything was taken, but it will cost about $10 to repair the door hasp.

April 9, 10:50 a.m.: An officer on patrol found graffiti vandalism on a fence adjacent to a residence on F Street. The damage was documented and the homeowner was advised and will immediately remove the graffiti. The damage is estimated at about $20.

April 9, 11:04 a.m.: A homeowner on G Street reported that someone had slid open the window to his outbuilding during the night. Nothing has yet been determined to have been stolen from inside. There was no damage to the window.

April 9, 11:04 a.m.: Police canvassed a neighborhood after investigating a burglary and found another nearby detached garage door forced open. Damage is estimated at about $50 and the owner is checking to see what may have been taken.